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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Deana: Equilateral Triangle Quilts

Val's Quilting Studio is having a discussion on quilts with equilateral triangles.  I have a couple of designs that fit into this category so I wanted to link up.  I have lumped together several posts that show these quilts in a variety of colors.  The main design is based off an equilateral triangle variation.  I have also included my "brown bag" creation which is mostly made of equilateral triangles.  We mailed some fabrics we did not want anymore to a partner and then made a quilt out of the fabric we received.  It was fun!


Deana: Design Discussion

Val's Quilting Studio is having a discussion about design today.  You should check it out.  This post is my contribution to that discussion.




I have been designing quilts from day 1.  My mother-in-law started me off with a sampler quilt and I chose blocks from pictures in magazines that I wanted to make.  She showed me how to construct them to fit a 12" block, so from the beginning I learned how to create my own.  

I started designing on graph paper with a ruler and compass, but quickly realized that not every block is based off a square grid.  Now, I pretty much just look at a block and make it.

I want to purchase Electric Quilt for my design software but have not yet.  I use Quilt Pro and love it, but it is very old and I am unable to upload it to my new computer.  I use it mainly for paper pieced patterns and to see how a quilt will look when it is finished.


I am hosting a Row Quilt Mystery Swap on my blog.  I love row quilts - perhaps because there is so much variety in the blocks you make.  Here are some row quilts I have designed in the past as well as other non-row quilts:
Americana


Be Thankful - Autumn







 
Spring
a neighborhood with quilts hanging on the clothes line, flowers, butterflies, sunbonnet sues, a picket fence with a fancy gate, watering cans, birdhouses, and umbrellas. 


 








Below are photos of other quilts I have designed to give you an idea of my design abilities.  The barn quilt below was the result of a Daughters of Dorinda Mystery project where everyone designed their own quilt based on a certain technique and "rule" determined by the group.  It was so much fun but a mental design exhaustion project.  I have yet to finish it, but I love it!



I designed the quilt below with folded inserts.  I like to try every method out there and to incorporate all methods into my designs.


This one was designed for my daughter's hope chest.


Hexagons in Rotation
And another one in different colors...



 Lacy Daisies WITH HAND EMBROIDERY




 


The last photo is a miniature quilt I designed for a family mystery quilting project.  I had the group cut fabric into itty bitty pieces and bag them with a block name written on the bag.  It was crazy fun!  The flying geese border is 1" x 1/2" units.  The double Wedding Ring is nuts -- never again.  It is paper pieced.

Deana: giveaway

Go on over to Charm About You and sign up for her giveaway.  It's a good one!

Deana: Machine quilting and a finish


I got a good start on quilting my first Windmill quilt.  I will be quilting on it all day.   I hope I make good progress.  The strings you see are basting stitches.  I quilt on my Bernina.





I finally found time to attach the binding to the quilt I quilted for Mom.  She will do the hand work.
 Here is the back.




I am linking up with Ester's blog and WOW Wednesday.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Deana: Getting Closer!

Well, I got the meat of them done.  I just need to set them in the squares and applique centers.  This quilt really goes together pretty fast.
And then all pinned and ready to sew...
Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday

AND Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story

AND Design Wall Monday

AND Free Motion by the River

Check out my Mystey Row Swap if you have a minute.  It is starting in September. 


Deana: Windmill Blocks today

Today I am making Windmill blocks.  I have 12 left so lets see how far I get today.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Deana: Swap Questions?


I have had some questions about how the Mystery Row Swap (see more details at this link)  part will work, so I thought I would address it in this post.  I will update the same information to the original swap post.

Here is how the swap will work:

As quilters post their completed blocks I will number each block in the order they are blogged.  So when it is time to  decide which blocks go to Jane Doe, and if Jane made 3 blocks, I will draw out three numbers to determine which ones she gets.  If Deana made 6 blocks I will draw the next 6 numbers for her.  Basically, it will be random.  I will doctor up the randomness if needed such as:

  • If you choose to make three identical swap blocks in the same fabrics, I will have you send them to three different people so one person will not have identical blocks in a row.  It is faster and easier to strip sew identical blocks so I anticipate most swappers will do this.
  • If you choose to make three blocks that are not identical in fabric then I may have you send them to only one/maybe 2 people ,as needed, to save on postage.
Basically, you could get some blocks from the same person but most likely you will receive blocks from different people.  On the first of each month I will determine as randomly as possible where each block is sent and email everyone a list with addresses.


On the first of the month I will blog about a "maximum" number of blocks you can make.  It will probably be the number of blocks in the row (likely not more then 8).   


Participants will be required to use high quality fabric (no Walmart)  and to match the color scheme.  You can tell the quality by how good it feels and by the price.  Most good quality fabric is around $10 a yard.  I hope participants will purchase enough fabric so they can put bits of the same fabric in each row to blend it all together. 

I hope this post has provided you with some clarification.

Deana: Block Lotto

This is the one and only block I made for the Lotto this month.  Sophie calls it spokes.

I hope to get a top quilted today and 4 windmill blocks.  I  am also preparing for Girls Camp next week, so wish me luck on all my endeavors.  One lucky thing is the guys in my house are on the mountain 'til tomorrow so I can just sew sew sew!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Deana: WIP Wednesday and WOW & I Quilt

Well, I have honestly spent more time blogging today than sewing, but I did go to work for 7 1/2 hours too (excuses, excuses).   I am trying to launch my new mystery row swap.  If you are not big on SWAPPS, check it out anyway because you can choose how much you swap and just Quilt Along for most of it.  Come check it out -- fun fun fun.  Planning to start in Sept/Oct.




I have been machine quilting this for my Mom.  It is very close to done so hopefully you will see a finish posted next time.  I hope to finish it up tonight.  Promise it will look better all stretched out tomorrow.

During my blog scanning adventures today I came across a wild colored quilt that I loved with a polka dot background.  It gave me an idea for some jelly rolls I won a couple of years ago.  I think wild just goes good together.  What do you think?  Yup!  I am liking it!

Also, to make this post more interesting I am showing off the quilt hanging in my entry way.  I finished it several years back and it is honestly one of my favorites.
Finally, here is what you see on my design wall today.  These are the reject blocks (made them too small) from last month's Block Lotto.  I have a wonderful little plan for them now and am happy I got to keep them.  P.S. there are lots of threads stuck to my design wall -- promise it's not pet hair.

Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday, Pretty Bobbins IQuilt, and Esther's Blog WOW.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Deana: FREE Mystery BOM SWAP - Row Quilt Style


Welcome all quilters who like BOMs, MYSTERY, and SWAPS.  If you love BOMs and MYSTERY  but not so much SWAPS, this will work for you too.  I have the itch to design and swap again and wanted to invite quilters from around the world to participate.   Here is what I have in mind:

I will be designing a ROW QUILT.  It will be queen-sized, but make any size you want because row quilts are easy to adapt.

A new FREE row pattern will be released at the first of each month (via email PDF format).  Participants will make as many blocks as they wish to swap from that pattern and post them to the group blog by the last day of the month.  If you are not much of a swapper, just make one to swap and make the rest for yourself.  Anyone who posts swap blocks will be in on that month's swap.  Non bloggers can email me their photos for me to post. 
Make as many blocks as you want up to a maximum that will be listed.  If you make two, you swap two.  If you make 5, you swap 5.  If the row requires 8 blocks and you only make two to swap, then you will have to make the other 6 blocks on your own to have enough for the row. 

Block patterns may include paper piecing, some appliqué, or regular rotary or strip piecing methods.

Here are some row quilts I have designed in the past:
Americana


Be Thankful - Autumn







 
Spring
a neighborhood with quilts hanging on the clothes line, flowers, butterflies, sunbonnet sues, a picket fence with a fancy gate, watering cans, birdhouses, and umbrellas. 


 






Additional Rules:

  •  Participants will suggest a theme for the row quilt.  I will choose one that inspires me and design the quilt based on that theme.   
    • You must participate in the SWAP the prior month to get the next pattern for FREE.  The cost for non-swap participants will be $6.75 a month payable via paypal.  Once the quilt project is finished the pattern will become available for sale, so participate now and get it for FREE.
    • You can make EXTRA blocks for a drawing; you will get one entry per extra block.  Just specify how many blocks are for the swap and how many are for the drawing.   If enough people participate in making "drawing blocks", someone may have enough for a separate quilt just out of the winning blocks. 
    • All participants will be asked to follow the fabric/color guidelines for each month's instructions so the blocks will look good together after we swap them.
    • Late comers are welcome but they will need to purchase the patterns they missed or come up with their own rows. 
     Who do you swap with?

    As quilters post their completed blocks I will number each block in the order they are blogged.  So when it is time to  decide which blocks go to Jane Doe, and if Jane made 3 blocks, I will draw out three numbers to determine which ones she gets.  If Deana made 6 blocks I will draw the next 6 numbers for her.  Basically, it will be random.  I will doctor up the randomness if needed such as:
    • If you choose to make three identical swap blocks in the same fabrics, I will have you send them to three different people so one person will not have identical blocks in a row.  It is faster and easier to strip sew identical blocks so I anticipate most swappers will do this.
    • If you choose to make three blocks that are not identical in fabric then I may have you send them to only one/maybe 2 people ,as needed, to save on postage.
    Basically, you could get some blocks from the same person but most likely you will receive blocks from different people.  On the first of each month I will determine as randomly as possible where each block is sent and email everyone a list with addresses.


    On the first of the month I will blog about a "maximum" number of blocks you can make.  It will probably be the number of blocks in the row (likely not more then 8).   


    Participants will be required to use high quality fabric (no Walmart)  and to match the color scheme.  You can tell the quality by how good it feels and by the price.  Most good quality fabric is around $10 a yard.  I hope participants will purchase enough fabric so they can put bits of the same fabric in each row to blend the whole quilt together.
     


    Deana’s Designs is not liable for blocks that get lost in the mail.  Participate at your own risk.



    INTERESTED IN JOINING?  
    Leave a comment with your email address or email me at mamiebudgeese@hotmail.com.  In the subject line put "BOM swap mystery" so I know you are not a spammer.  Also, list your "theme" idea.

    I am leaning toward starting either September 1st or October 1st to allow time to recruit swappers.  We need a pretty good sized group for this to work.  I anticipate the swap to go for 6-7 months.  

    Grab a button and let your friends and internet groups know. 

    Below are photos of other quilts I have designed to give you an idea of my design abilities.  This BOM swap will not be an art quilt or extremely difficult project like the photo below.  Think intermediate or a beginner who is particular.



    The quilt below is made with folded inserts.





    Hexagons in Rotation
    And another one in different colors...



     Lacy Daisies WITH HAND EMBROIDERY